Hey friends! I hope all is well. This week on Catch the Wave’s I Culture U, we discussed Korea’s coming of age day. Did you know that such a day existed? Well, if you didn’t, you do now. Korea has one day where they celebrate everyone who is coming of age for that year. It’s certainly a bit different from America where we don’t have a specific day to celebrate this event. Rather, when someone reaches “that” age, we celebrate it then for that person specifically.
And what age do you think Koreans believe a person becomes an adult? They think when a person becomes 19, they are then an adult as they can smoke, drink, drive, and vote. This is different for Americans as well as we think a person is an adult either around 16 or 18. We typically have our last big birthday around 16, which is also the age when we can drive. Then at 18, we can vote and smoke. However, we can’t drink alcohol until we are 21.
What about your country? Do you have a certain day where you celebrate someone becoming an adult or do you just celebrate it on their birthday? Also, at what age can you drink, drive, smoke, and vote? Is it different for each think similar to us in America, or is is similar to Korea where you can do them all once you reach 19? I’d love to hear what you think about this topic so be sure to comment.
Also, if you have any ideas for future topics to discuss on I Culture U, please let us know!
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